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New VW Tayron – A seven-seater SUV that could be coming to South Africa

The first images have surfaced depicting the new VW Tayron, the vehicle that is scheduled to replace the Tiguan Allspace.

The images have been pulled from a Chinese patent filing, and while the car will be rebadged as the Tiguan L Pro in that market, the rest of the world will receive the Tayron when it eventually goes on sale.

It will still be a bit of a wait, though, as the Tayron is only expected to see an official global reveal in 2025, putting its launch window in various countries at least a year from now, if not later, according to Australian publication Drive.

The Tiguan Allspace has been a mainstay of VW’s South African portfolio since launch, and the Tayron is confirmed to be heading to other right-hand-drive markets such as the UK after it’s unveiled.

So, while it is still too early for an official confirmation, it seems likely that this will be a new VW that local motorists will one day be able to get their hands on.

What we know so far

The Tiguan Allspace is the larger seven-seater counterpart to the popular Tiguan SUV and is currently in its second generation.

Unlike the regular Tiguan, which is going into its third generation this year, the Allspace will be dropped from the carmaker’s global lineup in favour of the all-new Tayron, which will share the same MQB-Evo platform as the 2024 Tiguan.

It’s worth noting that the Tayron nameplate has actually been in use in China since 2018 and has even spawned a coupe-style Tayron X spinoff, but the badge will be completely new to other markets, which is likely why the Chinese Allspace replacement will be named the Tiguan L Pro instead.

The leaked images show that the seven-seater will look very similar to the next-gen Tiguan, with the obvious distinction of it being bigger overall, as it will reportedly be 197mm longer, 17mm wider, and 43mm taller than its counterpart.

There are no concrete details on the Tayron’s engine selection right now, but considering that the current-gen Tiguan and Allspace share the same specs, it’s reasonable to speculate that the new cars will follow a similar game plan.

2024 VW Tiguan

Volkswagen has stated that the next-gen Tiguan will be offered with a range of turbo-diesel (TDI), turbo-petrol (TSI), mild-hybrid (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) systems, so the Tayron should get something similar, though it is still not clear which of these powertrains have been approved for a South African introduction.

It’s also likely that the cars will retain the brand’s usual trim levels such as Life, Style, and R-Line, and that the base models will be front-wheel drive while higher-spec versions will use a 4Motion all-wheel-drive setup.

2024 VW Tiguan interior

No photos have been shown regarding the Tayron’s interior, but if the press images of the next-gen Tiguan are anything to go by, it should get a sleek and modern cabin with a digital driver display and a large infotainment screen.

More information surrounding the new VW Tayron, including a South African launch window, pricing, and specifications, will be announced closer to the car’s global unveiling in 2025.

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